2016 Lumiere Scheme

In conjunction with Chichester Festival Theatre, the ALD is setting up a reduced, single shorter placement version of the scheme, in order to be able to develop and assess the criteria and method of the scheme prior to approaching trusts and funding bodies for funds to support the further roll out of places.

This scheme is only accepting applications from current and fully paid up ALD members who are based in the UK.  There is no length of membership requirement, new members are as welcome to apply as old ones. Existing members need to ensure that their 2016/17 subscriptions are paid in full BEFORE sending in your application to the Lumiere Scheme. 


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This six-month placement involves twelve weeks based at Chichester Festival Theatre from late July to mid October 2016 where you will work as part of the lighting department with special responsibility for acting as a conduit between the visiting lighting designers and the department for shows in both the Main House and the smaller Minerva Theatre.  This will then be followed by three months in the autumn/winter (with a break over Christmas) working with at least one established lighting designer as their assistant on whichever shows they are undertaking at the time.  The pilot scheme will complete at the end of January/beginning of February (show schedule dependent).


You must be available for the dates of this placement, as due to the restricted time to appoint a participant, any delay or withdrawal will place the pilot scheme in doubt. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that any work commitments are satisfactorily dealt with before they become an impedance to participating in the scheme.


Key Responsibilities:

       CFT Placement:

  • The participant will be based at Chichester Festival Theatre assisting the lighting designers coming into that theatre during their placement.
  • They will be under the management of Sam Garner-Gibbons, Head of Lighting. This will also involve some work as part of the lighting department, learning about the systems, operations and policies of such an organisation.
  • They will attend all meetings of the relevant shows and attend all events the lighting designer attends and act as their assistant
  • They will undertake the lighting-related drawing management, keeping drawings up to date and relevant, including show archiving and photographing, and collating focus plots, show plots and follow-spot bibles (where appropriate).
  • They will assist with decision-making relevant to the production in the absence of the lighting designer.
  • They will attend meetings and work on other productions and other building meetings to gain a relevant experience of working within a theatre organisation.


       LD Placement:

  • The participant will continue the development of how to assist a lighting designer, establishing what skills are required and strengthening these skills. They will receive tutoring from the lighting designer alongside the guidelines set out by the ALD.
  • The participant will spend all their time working alongside the lighting designer in each theatre they attend.
  • They will also complete specified training programme paperwork during this period.



Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Sufficient paid experience EITHER as a freelance lighting designer/assistant OR as a lighting operator/engineer in the field of live performance is required from applicants.
  • A strong commitment to developing a career as a lighting designer as demonstrated by work experience, previous design work and/or training
  • Experience of designing lighting for at least one show. This can include projects undertaken whilst in training or unpaid work. Candidates should be prepared to give details of any previous design work in application and if invited to interview.
  • An interest in building new collaborative relationships with creative peers.


Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of using CAD software
  • Basic knowledge of the UK theatre sector


Key Dates

Closing date for applications: 22nd June – 7.00pm

Attachment dates: 25th July 2016 until January / February 2017

CFT: 25th July 2016 until 15th October 2016

LD: October 2016 – January / February 2017 (exact dates dependent on participating LDs’ work schedule)

  • Requirement to attend a debrief meeting with involved parties – date TBC



This pilot scheme is only accepting applications from current and fully paid up ALD members who are based in the UK. 

If you have not paid your 2016/17 subscriptions, you should do so BEFORE sending in your application: www.ald.org.uk/payments


Applications are only valid if received by email to lumiere@ald.org.uk strictly no later than 7.00pm on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.


Interviews are scheduled to take place on Monday 27th June in central London.


You should have a minimum of two years of working experience in the industry and should supply details for two referees from the industry.


Your covering letter should outline your interest in and suitability for the position and a statement of what the scheme would do for your career development. You should also include your current CV and a link to any online photographic material of your previous design work.